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Unexpected Pleasures in Putrajaya.

March 14, 2017 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

For anyone more used to the hustle and bustle of Malayia’s biggest city, Kuala Lumpur, the ‘intelligent garden’ of Putrajaya just 30 kilometres away, is something of a revelation.

Best known as Malaysia’s federal administrative capital and the home to the Malaysia’s famous Sepang International Circuit, ask anyone who’s ever spent time there, and they will quickly tell you that it is also one of the most country’s most picturesque cities. Wide, open roads, lush botanic gardens and verdant parklands are among the many factors which make it well worth a visit.

One of Putrajaya’s most spectacular attractons is the Musical Fountain in Marina Putrajaya, which can dance – literally. Located in the middle of Putrajaya Lake, it was first unveiled mid-way through 2014 at the annual Magic of the Night Festival. Brightly lit at night and featuring creative projections of tourism videos on the water screen, it is simply awe-inspiring. Watch as synchronized music and lights interplay with the ebb and flow of water from the fountain to create a magnificent composition of patterns and lights that rise and fall to the beat of songs, in a display guaranteed to entertain audiences of every age.

The Musical Fountain is complimented by lots of other great family-friendly tourist experiences around the city. One of the most enjoyable and popular is the Tasik Putrajaya cruise on Putrajaya Lake, an extensive man-made wetlands system covering over 650 hectares. 45-minute sightseeing tours are aboard a spectacular 65-foot, fully air-conditioned vessel with wraparound glass windows, providing passengers with unobstructed views of the scenic surroundings. A more intimate cruising alternative is provided by Dondang Sayang Perahu. The 4-seater and 6-seater wooden, gondola-like vessels designed in the traditional Malay style, with intricate carvings by local craftsmen. Each manned by a single boatman, this unique mode of transportation offers up a cosy and romantic way to see Putrajaya.

But if its thrills you’re after, head instead to Skyride Festival Park for a chance to ride on a giant helium balloon. Soaring 150m above the ground, it offers up a bird’s eye view of Putrajaya’s amazing skyline for a truly memorable experience.

Where to stay?

As you would expect in the country’s administrative capital, there’s a great range of hotels in Putrajaya to suit every budget. But one of the most luxurious options is the new landmark Le Meridien Putrajaya. The third Le Meridien property in Malaysia after Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur and Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu, the hotel opned mid way through 2016, and is targted at both leisure and business travellers with 353 contemporary guestrooms and suites with city and garden views.

Located in Putrajaya’s IOI Resort City, it adjoins the award-winning IOI City Mall which offers a multitude of shopping, dining and entertainment options including an Olympic size ice-skating rink and an indoor adventure park, as well as an 18-hole golf course within easy walking distance. Rooms starting from around RMY380 (A$130) per night.

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